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Jerks after sleep, PVL baby

Hi,
My 5year old daughter diagnosed to have Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) + developmental delays, she also had a FITS when she was in NICU. We have been continuing Valporin medicine for fits and since she was normal till 4years we have suddenly stopped giving valporin during 4th year, 5months after stopping valporin she started having jerks after sleep. She has the jerks for 15mins after sleep. For last 6months i have started giving valporin as per doctor's advice but i am still not seeing any improvements. I am very much worried about this, is there really a medicine which can stop the jerks?
-Vasu
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Hello!
These abnormal jerks in sleep are called sleep myoclonus.Firstly these movements have to be confirmed to be epileptic in origin. A careful, detailed history and physical examination supplemented by an electroencephalogram (EEG) will, in most cases, result in a correct diagnosis. Sodium valproate has been used commonly in sleep myoclonus.Clonazepam can be used as an add on drug to valproate.Other antiseizure medications like barbiturates, phenytoin and primidone may also be effective. It is best to consult a Pediatric neurologist and discussing all your concerns. I hope you find this information useful.
Good luck!
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